His prizes include $30,000 in cash, a 24-carat gold medal, a four-year loan of the 1683 "ex-Gingold" Stradivarius violin and Tourte bow, a Naxos label compact disc recording contract, a gold Fleur-de-Lys bow made by Berg Bows and more than 40 concert engagements, including a domestic and international tour.
Hadelich performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 2 and Bart‹k's Violin Concerto No. 2 during the Saturday finals at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Accompaniment was provided by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Second prize and $15,000 went to 20-year-old Dutch violinist Hilde Simone Lamsma; 22-year-old American Celeste Golden won the bronze medal and $10,000.
Fourth Place Laureate was 21-year-old Korean Yura Lee; 18-year-old Korean Ye-Eun Choi took fifth, while sixth place went to 20-year-old Bulgarian Bella Hristova.
The 2006 jury was headed by Jaime Laredo and included Pamela Frank, Joel Smirnoff, Cho-Liang Lin, Kyoko Takezawa, Rodney Friend, Pierre Amoyal and Malcolm Lowe.
Augustin Hadelich was born in Italy in 1984 to German parents. In the U.S., he has performed with the Ann Arbor Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra and Syracuse Symphony. Outside the U.S., engagements include the Capetown Philharmonic, Dresdner Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Erfurt, Museumsorchester Frankfurt and Staatsorchester Stuttgart.
Hadelich holds a diploma from the Instituto Mascagni in Livorno, Italy, and a graduate diploma from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff. His first teacher was his father, an agriculturist by profession, as well as an accomplished pianist and cellist. In December 1999, Hadelich was severely burned in a fire at the family's farm in Italy and needed many operations before he returned to the stage.
The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis was founded in 1982 by Josef Gingold.